Tyler Johnson Underwent Thumb Surgery, Expected to Be at Heat Training Camp

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 30, 2018

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 24:  Tyler Johnson #8 of the Miami Heat handles the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game Five of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2018 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson underwent surgery Monday to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb, according to the team.

Johnson will need to be in a cast for six weeks while his thumb heals, but he's expected to be back in action by training camp, the team announced. 

Johnson, 25, was a solid two-way option for the Heat in the 2017-18 season. He averaged 11.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 43.5 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from three in 28.5 minutes per game across 72 games (39 starts). 

He was quieter in five postseason games against the Philadelphia 76ers, however, as he averaged only 8.0 points and 1.6 rebounds in just 16.2 minutes per game. Part of that was related to his thumb injury, which he suffered in Game 3. 

Johnson projects to be a big part of Miami's future. He'll make $19.2 million in the 2018-19 season, although that salary—along with the $90.2 million due to Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic, James Johnson, Kelly Olynyk, Dion Waiters and Josh Richardson next season—doesn't leave the Heat with any wiggle room come free agency.

And with no draft picks for June's draft currently, the Heat will need to rely on trades this offseason to tweak their roster in meaningful ways.

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